Space Shuttle Astronaut, USA
Tom Henricks brings unique, broad experience that includes senior roles with three Fortune 500 companies, NASA, and the U.S. Air Force (USAF) plus advisory positions with energy, healthcare, and financial planning startups. He’s been a leader at an aerospace OEM, a third tier supplier, a media group, a business aviation firm, and federal agencies…he’s an astronaut, program manager, Six Sigma black belt, aircraft owner/operator, public speaker, and entrepreneur. He is a sought after consultant and board member. Additionally, he is engaged with Corporate Aviation Analysis & Planning, Inc. (CAAP), the premier provider of consulting, strategic planning and transactional services in business aviation.
Tom’s past positions include President of the largest multimedia information and services provider to the global aviation, aerospace and defense industries, Aviation Week. With offices in New York City and Washington, Aviation Week included a global events business with partners in China, Russia, and the U.A.E. He was also an executive with conglomerate Textron Inc. and with Bell Helicopter where he had an exchange assignment with V-22 joint venture partner, Boeing. Additionally, Tom was an executive with The Timken Company, a producer of steel and bearings.
As a NASA astronaut, Henricks flew four Space Shuttle missions as commander/pilot. His crews included astronauts from Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and Canada.
Tom retired from the USAF having been a commander, test pilot, and fighter pilot flying the F-16 and F-4 aircraft. Tom is a graduate of the USAF Test Pilot and Top Gun Schools and served in England and Iceland during the Cold War.
Henricks received his BS in Civil Engineering from the USAF Academy and a MPA from Golden Gate University. He has travelled to 45 countries and visited 50 states and territories of the U.S. He enjoys being an owner pilot of an open cockpit bi-plane. His numerous awards include the Distinguished Flying Cross and three Honorary Doctor of Science Degrees.